what was it like to use dolphin and pcsx2 back in mid-late 00s?

what was it like to use dolphin and pcsx2 back in mid-late 00s? was the hardware not powerful enough to brute force your way through it or emulation process not mature enough for most games to be playable?

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  1. 2 weeks ago

    Dolphin worked very well as long as you didn't have a toaster PC.

  2. 2 weeks ago

    One of the first things I did when I finally got a gamin PC in like 2009 was emulate FFX. I remember there were 2 spots it would crash in cutscenes and I had to go through those parts of the game on a beta version of the emu, but overall I was amazed at how well it ran/functioned overall

  3. 2 weeks ago

    Idk. First time I remember using Dolphin was in 2011 to play Mario Party 4. It ran perfectly fine but I had a high-end PC for the time

  4. 2 weeks ago

    Depended a lot on the game. I remember at least pikmin, smash bros and ff10 could run full speed on a core 2 duo. Also worth noting that the emulators got slower over time as they became more accurate.

  5. 2 weeks ago

    >mid 00s
    Barely existed, you weren't emulating any 6th gen game
    >late 00s
    Needed high end hardware to do it
    Was possible in the early 2010s, but the system requirements was bit high for it to be common place.

    • 2 weeks ago

      >>late 00s
      >Needed high end hardware to do it
      Not really. My distinctly mid-range Phenom II X3 720/HD 4870 setup I put together in 2009 was enough to run most games full speed in Dolphin and PCSX2 with the right settings. In fact, one of the first things I did with that system was play through Final Fantasy XII. Obviously there were exceptions - it wasn't quite up to running Xenosaga or some Wii games, but others worked fine. I played The Last Story on that system.

      Dolphin was a lot faster then though. I remember one particular major version killing my performance on that setup after some accuracy-related change.

      • 2 weeks ago

        Yeah I had a very similar midrange PC (FFX anon from earlier in the thread) and it was more than enough at the time performance-wise for PS2/GC. Occasionally a game ran like shit, but when that happened it would run so shittily that it was clearly just bunk emulation and not something you could solve with a better PC

  6. 2 weeks ago

    Get the free android PCSX2 port and set all settings to fast/unsafe, that's roughly what it was like early on, slow or with oddly fluctuating speed, and glitchy. I remember using PCSX2 to play an early version of the Front Mission 5 fan translation, it wasn't too bad on a dual core laptop for a turn based game.

  7. 2 weeks ago

    no idea

  8. 2 weeks ago

    Most of my life I only had toaster tier PCs so I wasn't able to run Dolphin on them. But recently I got a proper gaming PC and God damn does it feel good to finally have those options accessible to me after so long.

    • 2 weeks ago

      congrats enjoy the high life bro

  9. 2 weeks ago

    A Core2Duo at the time was able to run them but it really depended on which games you wanted to run.
    Smash and Mario Sunshine were the most things people were interested in. Mario Sunshine was very glitchy. In 2008-2009 it could also run Brawl with graphical glitches.
    Much less optimized to than Dolphin. FFX was glitchy. Games ran very slow

  10. 2 weeks ago

    See for yourself

  11. 2 weeks ago

    I played Mario Kart Wii at launch on Dolphin instead of Wii, I would've used a Core 2 Duo e8600 at the time.

    Turned out to play, pretty well actually. One day I took a savestate of a replay after a race so I could capture footage to make this GIF.

  12. 2 weeks ago

    Always emulated without much problems in 2012 with my gtx 660 and i5 3570k

  13. 2 weeks ago

    Why do you fricking care?

    Why do zoomers spend every single second of their day obsessing over irrelevant shit like this? If you're so interested in history maybe you should try reading a book? Serious statement.

    • 2 weeks ago

      Bro, zoomer or not that was a simple question, no need to act like a sperg

    • 2 weeks ago

      You're right.

  14. 2 weeks ago

    FFX was the only game that would run 100%

  15. 2 weeks ago

    I remember trying to play Metroid Prime on dolphin back in 2006 or something and it ran at like 5 fps

  16. 2 weeks ago

    I use Dolphin with a intel hd5500 shitset i5 from 2013 and it runs fine

    good emulator for sure

  17. 2 weeks ago

    >not having a wii or a PS2 in mid 2000s
    were you THAT poor? haha

  18. 2 weeks ago

    dolphin was utterly unnecessary during this time because wii homebrew was so amazing.

  19. 2 weeks ago

    not really in fact requirements where less.
    to use pcsx2 you needed a intel pentium4 2.6 Ghz,512 Mb ram and integrated graphics and get ready to play the games.
    Dolphin well most used their dual core AMD notebooks for it and called it a day since they had better specs like dual core 2.3 Ghz,4 GB ram and integrated HD radeon 4200 so they ran the games with no issues.
    This is why is said emulation has gotten worse with time,specially if you think the same games that are unplayable on old pcsx2 versions aren't playable on modern versions (specially japanese games despite being listed as playable).
    What made the emulators better was the use of hacks to increase or use the potential,sadly teams passed the batton to new users or got their project stolen (dolphin emu) and that was something regretable since they damaged the emulation on purpose because they didn't like dual core hacks,speed hacks or similar features (yes both emus are running on single core like it was a PC of 2006)

  20. 2 weeks ago

    I'm sure animal crossing ran fine. I've ran that on potatoes since it's basically an N64 game.

  21. 2 weeks ago

    PCSX2 barely fricking worked and Dolphin seemed like it worked better than it does now. N64 emulation worked better back then too. Maybe Im just fricking crazy or theres been something horrifically wrong with my newest PCs but I get tons of stuttering on Dolphin and N64 emulators these days even when just trying to play at native res when I swear they used to be perfectly fine.

    PCSX2 on the other hand has come a long way and Id easily say its one of the best emulators out there right now IF youre content with using the software renderer, a lot of stuff breaks at higher resolutions. I dont like how this generation looks upscaled most of the time so Im perfectly fine with it.

    Dolphin really needs to step it up they've really fallen behind. Even when its working games with FMVs lock up or stutter and a lot of the less popular games just run like ass.

  22. 2 weeks ago

    I only remember dolphin emulation starting with the last generation of intel core cpus, just before the i series started. By 2009 it was the new meme that you could play mario on the computa. PS2 followed in a year or so. It mostly came to prominence with the reddit race phenomenon of the time.

  23. 2 weeks ago

    >pre-2008, still using powerpc mac
    >2008, couldn't get FFX to run at all on absolute shit computer found in school dump
    >2009, managed to run FFX at 10fps on a shit laptop
    >2010, FFXII ran mostly 20-30fps on a slightly less shit laptop, tried to run DQVIII lol nope
    >2011, mostly flawless Disgaea, and very slow Pikmin 2 on Dolphin
    >2012, full playthrough of FFXII IZJS at full speed with a $500 laptop from that era
    >2013, tried DQVIII again with a low budget desktop friend gave me, still sub 10fps
    I gave up after that until 2018 or 19 and Dragon Quest was mostly playable with occasional slowdown and some weird graphics bugs, and Dolphin in 2017 was nice but had lots of crashes (still does for some reason).

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